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Smart Wearables: Expanding Human Perception Beyond the Five Senses

Exploring the Potential of Smart Wearables

Experts at the Dubai Future Forum (DFF) suggest that smart wearables have the potential to grant humans a form of “sixth sense.” Pawel Swieboda, founder of the brain health policy hub Neurocentury, emphasized the concept, stating, “For me, the sixth sense is really about our ability to control our future.” He believes that wearables can assist in this control.

Revolutionizing Healthcare with Wearables

Swieboda highlighted how wearables could revolutionize the management of conditions like diabetes, offering individuals greater control over their health outcomes. “Wearables devices are the most intimate mirror we have,” he explained. “We contain thousands, if not billions of data points in every centimeter of our skin.” By collecting and analyzing this data, wearables provide invaluable insights into our well-being.

Discussion at Dubai Future Forum

These insights were discussed in a session at the DFF focused on the impact of bionics and wearables on medicine and healthcare. Over 2,500 futurists from 100 countries gathered at the forum to anticipate challenges and shape the future.

Categorizing Wearables

Professor Paolo Dario from the Dubai Future Labs highlighted the evolution of bionics, once considered science fiction but now a reality. He categorized wearables into four groups: ingested devices, bionic limbs, traditional wearables, and companion wearables like smartwatches.

Role of Wearables in Healthcare

Wearables are expected to play a significant role in healthcare, particularly in clinical trials. According to Swieboda, they can assist in patient stratification and monitoring, improving trial accuracy and efficiency.

Inclusive Design for Wearable Technology

Ken Chua, Director of (these)abilities, stressed the importance of inclusive design in wearable technology. He emphasized the need to consider the needs of the differently abled community, ensuring that technological advancements benefit everyone. Chua highlighted the example of autocomplete technology, initially developed for individuals with upper limb extremities, which has now become widely used for faster communication. He urged innovators to adopt an inclusive approach when designing new technologies.

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